Friday, October 12, 2018

DreamMachine Episode 2: The Prince of Egypt

In this episode of DreamMachine, Patricia and Arun discuss about the 2nd DreamWorks animated film The Prince of Egypt. Based on the book of Exodus from the Bible, the story is about Moses, a Hebrew raised by Egyptian royalty in a time where his people were slaves. He and the Egyptian's son Rameses are raised as brothers and have a strong relationship with each other. However, when Moses finds out about his heritage and accidentally kills an Egyptian, he runs away to the desert where he eventually ends up in Midian marrying a woman named Zipporah. Many years later, God sends Moses back to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery which becomes even more difficult with Rameses being the new Pharoah.

When the movie premiered in theaters, it made over $200 million dollars in the box office becoming the 2nd non Disney traditional animated movie to make over $100 million movie and held the record until The Simpsons Movie almost 10 years later. How well does The Prince of Egypt hold up? Does it still have an edge over other DreamWorks animated movies that came afterward? Listen and find out.

Old School Lane Casual Chats Episode 116: TellTale Games

In this episode of Casual Chats, Patricia and special guest Jim Bevan discuss about the video game company TellTale Games, the first game they were introduced to that the company worked on, their favorites, and the recent news about their shut down.

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DreamMachine Episode 1: Antz

Welcome to DreamMachine, the podcast where Arun and Patricia discuss about every Dreamworks theatrical movies, shorts, specials, and direct to video movie leading up to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. They discuss about their first movie, Antz, which debuted on October 2, 1998. The plot is about an ant named Z who wishes to be an independent ant after being being sick and tired of being a worker in his colony. He then meets Princess Bala in a bar and instantly falls in love with her. To get closer to Bala, Z impersonates as a soldier without realizing that his mission is fighting in a termite war. Returning home as a war hero, his rank as a worker ant has been discovered and takes Bala hostage to not get arrested. With both of them out of the colony, Z and Bala search for the legendary paradise Insectopia. Meanwhile, the colony's general named Mandible is making a huge plan behind the queen's back involving with wiping away the "weak ants" and making a stronger colony.

When the movie premiered in theaters, it made $174 million dollars in the box office and had gotten positive reviews from critics and fans kickstarting Dreamworks' animation company. It came out a few weeks before Disney's A Bug's Life where it had a similar concept about a colony of ants. How well does this film hold up after 20 years later? Listen and find out!